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“We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.”     

 -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear ILS Members,

As we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I am reminded of his relentless and selfless quest for justice and equality for all Americans, regardless of their racecolor or creed.

As one of the most iconic leaders in our nation’s history, Dr. King’s movementprinciples and legacy have had a profound impact on generations of Americans and other nations around the world.

While we are living at a time of great disagreement and division, I hope that we use this important holiday to honor and celebrate Dr. King’s significant achievements, but more importantly, embrace his timeless principles and commitment to equalityjustice and community service in our own practice of law both in the U.S. and abroad.

I’m excited to announce that the iLaw2024 Conference Program has been released! We have a fascinating lineup of panels and speakers. You don’t want to miss it!

Please click on the links below to review the Program and RegisterSpace is limited and Early Bird Registration ends on January 26, so don’t delay!

Also, we still have a few iLaw Sponsorships available, most of which include a conference registration. For more information, please contact our iLaw Committee Co-Chairs: 

Davide Macelloni

[email protected]

Adrian Nuñez

[email protected]


Richard Montes de Oca, Esq.

ILS Chair

[email protected]


Registration for iLaw2024 is Now Open!

The Florida Bar International Law Section's Flagship Conference is finally here! Click on this link to sign up for iLaw2024, the ILS Global Forum on International Law held at the JW Marriott Marquis on February 16, 2024, featuring opening and closing plenary sessions, a lunch keynote speaker, and three parallel tracks on international litigationinternational arbitration, and international business transactions with practitioners from Mexico, Italy, BVI, Costa Rica, United Kingdom, USA, and beyond!


Special iLaw2024 rates are being offered for room reservations at the JW Marriott Marquis – don’t miss the opportunity to stay in one of Miami’s premier hotels. Click here to book!

To view and download the 2024 iLaw Program, please click here!



For any information, visit the Florida Bar International Law Section website at or email the iLaw2024 Co-Chairs,

Davide Macelloni ([email protected]) and Adrian Nuñez ([email protected]).

Call for Volunteer Arbitrators for the 2024 Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot

Call for volunteer arbitrators! The Florida Bar International Law Section is looking for volunteers to participate as arbitrators for the Richard DeWitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot on Saturday, February 17, 2024. The Pre-Moot will host students from top law schools, both domestic and international, to present arguments before panels of volunteer arbitrators in preparation for the most recognized moot competition in the world, the Willem C. Vis Moot. Up to 7 hours of Florida CLE is available for all volunteers.

You can register by clicking here!

Volunteers may participate in person (preferred) or virtually (via Zoom). The Pre-Moot will be held at JAMS Resolution Center in Miami, 600 Brickell Ave., Suite 2600, Miami, Florida, the Saturday after the International Law Section's 2024 Flagship iLaw Conference. Volunteers may indicate their preference for morning or afternoon rounds (or both).

The Pre-Moot will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Pedro Jedlicka ([email protected]) and Carolina Goncalves ([email protected]).

Save the Date for the 2024 Richard Dewitt Memorial Vis Pre-Moot!

Join an ILS Committee Today!


Amicus Committee


Chair: Edward Mullins

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Arbitration & Mediation Committee

Chair: Gary Birnberg

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Asia Committee


Chairs: Neha Dagley | Fred Rocafort

[email protected]

[email protected]


CLE Initiatives Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

[email protected]


Europe Committee


Chairs: Susanne Leone | Davide Macelloni

[email protected]

[email protected]


Foreign Legal Consultant Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

[email protected]


iLaw Steering Committee


Chairs: Davide Macelloni | Adrian Nuñez

[email protected]

[email protected]


ILS Deskbook Committee


Chairs: Pamella Seay | Laura Reich | Clarissa Rodriguez

[email protected]

[email protected]

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ILS Gazette Committee


Chair: Matthew Akiba

[email protected]


Immigration Liaison Committee

Chair: Larry S. Rifkin

[email protected]

International Law Certification Committee


Chair: Robert Kossick

[email protected]


International Law Quarterly Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

[email protected]

International Litigation and Arbitration Certification Committee


Chair: Kristin Drecktrah Paz

[email protected]

International Tax Law Committee


Chair: Jeff Hagen

[email protected]


Law School Liaison Committee


Chairs: Prof. Manuel A. Gomez | Laura Reich

[email protected]

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Legislative Committee


Chair: Carlos F. Osorio

 [email protected]


Lunch & Learn Committee


Chair: James Meyer

[email protected]

North America Committee


Chair: Nouvelle Gonzalo

[email protected]


Richard DeWit Memorial Vis Pre-Moot Committee


Chairs: Andres Sandoval | Priscila Bandeira

[email protected]

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White Collar Crime Committee


Chair: Robert J. Becerra

[email protected]

Join the International Law Section!

If you are reading the Gazette, chances are that you are a practitioner or a student with an interest in International Law, one of the most wide-ranging, exciting and challenging legal specialties. Everyone in our field knows how crucial it is to stay on top of diverse and evolving national legal regimes, and at the same time, the difficulty of keeping meticulously up-to-date on developments around the world.

The International Law Section (ILS) of The Florida Bar is here to help you, the practitioner, navigate both the everyday and big-picture challenges of our field. Our Section is your forum to share knowledge and best practices, and to meet and mingle with peers in professional collaborations that can only enhance your grasp of the specialty and your standing among clients and peers.

Let ILS membership assist you in developing a thriving international practice through peer network development that includes important shared learnings and reciprocal referrals of clients and casework.

If your practice transcends borders, join us in making this the authoritative, go-to forum for Florida and the gateway to the region for anyone practicing International Law. Our Section is open to lawyers from other states and countries, full-time faculty at U.S. law schools, and full-time U.S. law students, all of whom may participate as associate members. For more information regarding membership with the ILS, click HERE.

Turn in your membership application TODAY!

International Law Quarterly

Just Published: The International Law Quarterly - Fall 2023

"Focus on BRICS"

The Fall 2023 Issue of the International Law Quarterly - Focus on BRICS is now available.

Click on the images above to download or please click here!

For all previous issues of the International Law Quarterly, please follow this link.

Visit Our Sponsors

The ILS Thanks its Sponsors 

In light of what we accomplished this past year, we hope you will continue to support the Section as a sponsor. In 2022-2023, various firms, companies and suppliers sponsored the Section. 

We look forward to another year of innovative programs where we can advance international law and further promote our sponsors. To learn more, read the Section's sponsorship package. You can also contact our Treasurer, Laura Reich at [email protected] or Vice Treasurer, Davide Macelloni at [email protected] for more details.

ILS Board Members and Officers

Chair: Richard Montes de Oca

Chair-Elect: Ana Barton

Secretary: Cristina Vicens Beard

Treasurer: Laura Reich

Vice-Treasurer: Davide Macelloni

Immediate Past Chair: Jacqueline Villalba

ILS Executive Council

Terms Expiring in 2024

Fabio Giallanza

Jeffrey S. Hagen

Davide Macelloni

Penelope Perez-Kelly

Yine Rodriguez-Perez

Terms Expiring 2025

Gary Birnberg

Phillip Buhler

Jennifer Diaz

Kristin Drecktrah Paz

Prof. Manuel A. Gomez

Omar K. Ibrahem

Adrian Nunez

Pamella A. Seay

Terms Expiring 2026

Matthew Akiba

Lauren Bengochea

Neha Dagley

Gary E. Davidson

Nouvelle Gonzalo

Susanne Leone

Jennifer Mosquera

To learn more about the ILS Executive Council Members, click here!

About the ILS Gazette

The ILS Gazette is a weekly publication of the Florida Bar International Law Section that informs members about upcoming programs, initiatives and resources.

If you have any questions about the Gazette or wish to include an announcement in future publications, please contact our ILS Gazette Editor, Matthew Akiba at [email protected].

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